Reflections 2023-2024


Congratulations to our very own Lillian, 2nd grader, for earning a Reflections award for Outstanding Interpretation in Photography.  "Hello Sunshine"


This Year's Theme is "I am Hopeful Because..."

Reflections is a National PTA arts competition that provides an opportunity for students to use their creative talents. If your child loves art or has a creative flair, then they will enjoy entering artwork in this year's Reflections Program.

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2023 at Cougar Ridge Front Office

Download Student Entry Form here.

All Cougar Ridge participants will be recognized for their contributions at a reception, and twelve finalists will be selected to represent Cougar Ridge at the Issaquah School District level.


National PTA Reflections is America’s oldest and largest arts education program of its kind. The program was developed in 1969 by Colorado’s PTA President Mary Lou Anderson to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves. Since then, the Reflections Program has inspired millions of students to reflect on a specific theme and create original artwork. For more details, please click here.

The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. Students submit their completed works of art in one, or more, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, or Visual Arts.

Program Details and Categories                                                                                      

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. Entries are judged on creative ability and interpretation of the theme. Please submit artwork that adheres to the following rules and guidelines. 

Please follow the specific guidelines for each art area. The six artistic categories are:

    • Literature -- works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics.
    • Music Composition -- original musical composition, with or without words.
    • Photography – A single photo, panoramic, photomontage (one print of multiple original photos), a multiple exposure, negative sandwich, or photogram. Original black-and-white and color images are accepted. 
    • Visual Arts -- Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiber work, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and wind chimes.
    • Film Production -- original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
    • Dance Choreography -- originally choreographed dance composition.

Click here to view the Student Entry Packet.

Submission guidelines and requirements                                                                             

Submission guidelines

  1.   Download the Entry Form here.
  2.   Fill out the form, and scan it as a pdf document.

 Submission requirements

  • Student entry form is completed and signed by both parent/guardian and student. Students may submit in as many arts categories as they would like, however, only one entry per arts category is allowed.
  • Original signed student entry form is attached to each entry outside of any sheet protector, plastic sleeve or wrapping.
  • Title and artist statement (100 words or less) is completed.
  • Drop your original project(s) at the Cougar Ridge front office by the deadline, October 30, 2023.

Special Artists                                                                                                                   

The Special Artist Division is a non-graded division limited to students whose physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges meet the guidelines set forth in the American Disabilities Act. Qualifying students entering this division create their own artwork, but may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an adult. At the national level, one Special Artist from across all arts categories will be selected to receive an Outstanding Interpretation Award. Up to five additional Special Artists may be selected to receive national Awards of Excellence. Find out more info here.


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact Carmen Dettloff - PTSA Reflections Chair.